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Maine releases checklists for businesses reopening on July 1

June 25, 2020 - 1:27 PM

PORTLAND, Maine - The administration of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has released checklists for businesses allowed to reopen July 1 during the third phase of the state’s economic reopening plan.

The rules cover movie theatres, bowling alleys, amusement parks and entertainment venues. A 50-person limit remains on shared spaces with strict rules intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Bars, tasting rooms and breweries, however, will not be allowed to reopen for indoor service. Outdoor service is allowed, however.

The Mills administrations contends Maine is on par or ahead of other northeastern states in its reopening plan.

“These reopenings represent a positive step forward for Maine and our economy, but Maine people and businesses must remain vigilant,” the governor Wednesday said in a statement.

She noted that there are growing and “in some instances record high” numbers of COVID-19 cases in other states and that those serve as “cautionary tales” as Maine continues to reopen.

There have been more than 3,000 cases of the virus in Maine and 103 deaths.

In other news related to the virus in Maine:

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THE NUMBERS

The Maine Center for Disease Control reported another 53 people tested positive for the coronavirus, and there were no new deaths.

The new cases bring to 3,070 the number of people who have tested positive, while the number of deaths remained unchanged at 103, the Maine CDC said Thursday.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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UNEMPLOYMENT FRAUD

The Maine Department of Labor said its effort to stop unemployment fraud continues to find new cases. The department cancelled about 1,900 initial unemployment claims and 4,300 weekly certifications during the week that ended June 20 because of suspected fraud, labour officials said.

Unemployment spiked in Maine and around the country with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The state is now seeing lower numbers of claims being filed, labour commissioner Laura Fortman said.

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This story has been corrected to show that the number of coronavirus deaths in Maine was unchanged Thursday at 103, not 102.

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